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In the film, Greenaway overlays the story's mysterious elements with highly mannered tableaux, shooting each scene like a realistic, though sumptuous, painting, while his actors spout witty and complicated sentences, suggesting the falseness of surfaces. Mr Neville's faith in surface is his downfall, and Greenaway's triumph is in his distortions and dissemblings, the narrative lie that gets closer to the truth than any architectural drawing could. --Jim Gay, Amazon.com
THE DRAUGHTSMAN'S CONTRACT
A film by Peter Greenaway
Peter Greenaway became a director of international status with this witty, stylised, erotic country house murder mystery. In an apparently idyllic 17th century Wiltshire, an ambitious draughtsman is commissioned by the wife of an aristocrat to produce twelve drawings of her husband's estate, in return for which he will receive payment, board and bed hers. Extravagant costumes, a twisting plot, elegantly barbed dialogue and a score by Michael Nyman make the film a treat for ear, eye and mindDVD extras include a Director Commentary, a film introduction by Peter Greenaway, an interview with Michael Nyman, behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, a stills gallery, theatrical trailers for The Draughtsman's Contract and A Zed & Two Noughts, a feature on the film's digital restoration, plus hidden features
UK | 1982 | colour | English language, with optional French language dubbed version and optional French and Dutch subtitles | 104 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.66:1 (16x9 anamorphic) | Region 2 DVD